I have no doubt this is one of the most intuitive and respected theories of all time. It describes more accurately previous theories put forward by Newton, however I find two major principles of relativity hard to reconcile. I would very much appreciate someone well versed on relativity to explain two issues the theory negates, that of absolute space and absolute time, and how the theory may discount or made to conform with my comments below.
In quantum physics, over the past few decades, it has been discovered that space is not empty even in a vacuum. In any specific area observed in a vacuum, scientists now agree that the fabric of this space (the smallest measurable areas), space is bubbling with quantum fluctuation, where particles appear and disappear.
If you compare these fluctuations in one area, which appears empty, but isn’t, against another area, which also appears empty, these fluctuations are not exactly the same, meaning they are not an exact match.
Believing the above to be true, we can postulate that every part of what we call empty space has a unique quantum fluctuation blueprint, so measurements of objects relative to each other may work quite well, but it cannot be said that reality does not allow for measurements to be made against the blueprint of empty space (quantum fluctuation), and therefore we must entertain the possibility of measurement against absolute space.
In cosmology, over the past few decades, there has been consensus among scientists that not only the universe seemed to have a beginning (started from one point) but what they call a big bang was actually a period of tremendous expansion creating the visible universe as well as probably much more, faster than the speed of light. Since space-time was created during this period, this by itself does not contradict the theory of relativity. The homogeneity of the visible universe as viewed through the background microwave radiation as well as other measurements seem to indicate the expansion of visible universe was created almost instantaneously, much faster and well before the fusion of elementary particle had occurred.
It seems to me that calculations on the starting point of the Big Bang is made against time, and at every stage when measured at this early formation from the expansion period, the period where protons formed, the period where nuclear fusion takes place and finally where the electromagnetic radiation is emitted, this is all calculated against “Absolute Time”.
So taking the above into consideration how can anyone say that there is no such thing as absolute time?
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